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Comment Tax Policy Problem (Score 1) 940

It's a result of the fact that most local government services are paid for predominately with property taxes.

When costs scale with the number of people and revenue doesn't, it's inevitable that zoning will end up discouraging new residential construction, particularly high density residential contruction.

Comment Comparing apples to miniature oranges (Score 3, Informative) 409

It should be noted that the average US male (5'10" vs. 5'8") and female (5'5" vs. 5'3") in 2015 are both two inches taller than their 1960 counterparts. Based on the cube law, you'd expact the average female weight to have increased almost 10% as a result ((65/63)^3 = 1.098).

Increased height accounts for more than half of the weight gain noted in the study.

Comment Re:Kickstarter (Score 1) 227

The 9500 Kickstarter backers got their DK1 for their money.

Which is now about as useful as an HD-DVD DK. Great if you want to play around on your own, but useless for actually developing anything because it's an abandoned platform that has no compatible consumer product.

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"